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MANILA, Philippines - Over P7 million worth of houses were damaged in floods that hit several villages in Malungon, Sarangani over the weekend.
Citing reports from the local disaster risk reduction agency in Malungon town, Capt. William Alfred Rodriguez, spokesman of the Army's 1002nd Brigade, said a total of 432 families or 1,546 persons in the villages of Malandag and Datal Tampal were also affected. Of these, 26 families, whose houses were washed out by the floods, are still taking shelter at the Malandag Gym evacuation center.
According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the flooding hit five puroks (sub-villages) in the villages of Malandag and Malungon. The flooding was due to the overflowing of the Tinagakan-Buayan River 5:30 p.m. on Saturday after heavy rains.
Rodriguez said the total cost of damage is at P7,140,620 with 66 houses totally damaged, 130 houses partially damaged, and 74 households with belongings damaged.
The amount does not include damages on crops and public infrastructure.
Rodriguez said local Army and police personnel together with local officials have completely cleared the debris in the river banks, roads, and houses that were hit by flooding.
The Macnit Bridge has already been restored while the Kiblat and Kibala Bridge remain closed at this time. Alternate routes have already been established in the affected areas.